https://binhammerphotographs.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/paramount-segregated-insta-scaled.jpg 2048 2048 Richard Binhammer https://binhammerphotographs.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Binhammer_logo-300x82.png Richard Binhammer2023-06-15 20:34:052023-06-15 20:34:05The Paramount Theatre, Clarksdale, MS
A beauty…a classic old main street theatre.
What is: The front entrance and the parking lot entrance stairs to the balcony entrance of the Paramount Movie Theatre, Clarksdale, Mississippi
What was: White people entered the theatre on the main level and at the front entrance on Yazoo Street, under neon lights. The covered stairway in a parking lot behind the Paramount Movie Theatre in downtown Clarksdale is the entrance for blacks to the segregated balcony in the movie theatre.
Opened as the Marion Theatre in 1918, it became the Paramount in 1931 and closed in 1976. Civil right activists picketed the theater in the 1960’s, and it was desegregated in 1965.